Dennis Vitolo

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Dennis Vitolo
Nationality American
Born (1956-12-18) December 18, 1956 (age 58)
Massapequa, New York
Retired 1999
CART World Series
Years active 1988-1989, 1991-1999
Teams Bettenhausen Racing
Dale Coyne Racing
Walker Racing
Dick Simon Racing
Pagan Racing
Project Indy
Payton/Coyne Racing
Starts 36
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 25th in 1997
Previous series
1997 Indy Racing League

Dennis Vitolo (born December 18, 1956, Massapequa, New York), is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1988 and 1991-1999 seasons with 36 career starts, including the 1994 Indianapolis 500. He was involved in a notorious pit-lane crash in that race, taking out reigning CART champion Nigel Mansell.[1] He also raced in the 1997 Indianapolis 500, which by then had become part of the Indy Racing League. His best career CART finish was 7th, in the U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway. He was noted for being much more of a businessman than race car driver, always able to find sponsorship despite his lackluster race results.

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
1988 Bettenhausen Racing PHX LBH INDY MIL POR CLE TOR MEA MIS POC MDO ROA NZR LS MIA
11
33rd 2
1989 Bettenhausen Racing PHX LBH INDY MIL DET
DNQ
POR CLE MEA TOR MIS POC MDO
DNQ
ROA NZR LS NC -
1991 Dale Coyne Racing SRF
Ret
LBH
Ret
PHX INDY MIL DET
Ret
POR CLE MEA TOR MIS DEN VAN MDO ROA NZR
Ret
LS 37th 0
1992 Dale Coyne Racing SRF PHX
Ret
LBH INDY DET POR MIL NHM
14
TOR MIS CLE ROA VAN NZR
Ret
LS
17
42nd 0
Walker Motorsport MDO
DNS
1993 Dale Coyne Racing SRF PHX LBH INDY MIL DET
DNQ
POR CLE TOR MIS NHM ROA VAN MDO NZR LS NC -
1994 Dick Simon Racing SRF PHX LBH INDY
Ret
MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIS MDO NHM VAN ROA NZR LS 53rd 0
1995 Pagan Racing MIA
Ret
SRF PHX LBH NZR INDY MIL DET POR ROA TOR CLE MIS MDO NHM VAN LS 41st 0
1996 Project Indy MIA RIO SRF LBH
Ret
NZR 500 MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIS MDO ROA VAN LS 38th 0
1997 Project Indy MIA
Ret
SRF LBH
Wth
NZR
DNQ
RIO GAT MIL DET POR CLE VAN
Ret
LS
20
25th 6
Payton/Coyne Racing TOR
Ret
MIS
7
MDO ROA FON
16
1998 Payton/Coyne Racing MIA
Ret
MOT LBH NZR
Ret
RIO GAT
Ret
MIL
DNQ
DET
Ret
POR
18
CLE
Ret
TOR MIS
Ret
MDO ROA VAN
Ret
LS
Ret
HOU
Ret
SRF
DNS
FON
Ret
33rd 0
1999 Payton/Coyne Racing MIA
16
MOT LBH NZR
Wth
RIO GAT
Ret
MIL
22
POR CLE ROA TOR
Ret
MIS
11
DET MDO CHI
15
VAN LS HOU SRF FON
15
30th 2

Indy Racing League[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1996-1997 Beck Motorsports NHM LVS WDW PHX INDY
15
TXS PPIR CHR NH2 LV2 45th 20

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1994 Lola T93/00 Ford XB 15 26 Dick Simon Racing
1997 Dallara Infiniti 28 15 Beck Motorsports

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